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So you think you know art ?

Well, this is really a followup to this post in Godyears where I've put up pictures of paintings and asked people to guess how much you would pay to buy them... If you haven't done it yet, please go there and add in your opinions before coming back here to find out the true worth.

Without further adieu, I give you the answers.



1. Le Bassin aux Nympheas / The water lily pond by Claude Monet sold for Rs 416 crores.

 2. Garcon a la Pipe / Boy with a Pipe by Pablo Picasso sold for Rs 541.32 crores.

 3. The Good Shepherd by Philippe de Champaigne is available to be bought online for Rs 15,080.
 4. Cabanes Saus le Abres / Cabin under the trees by Paul Gaugin was sold for Rs 43.6 crores.
 5. This abstract painting is available online for Rs 4,160.
6. Alberto Giacometti's The Walking Man sold for Rs 542 crores.













This article is inspired by the recent auction of Edward Munch's 'The Scream' for a record price of Rs 630 crores.

Hehe.. moral of the story ? Throw away those physics and chemistry texts of your kids and get them better paint brushes and canvases. Because even if one of their paintings becomes a hit, you can all buy that beach-house in Hawai and sip coconut juices and pina coladas for the rest of your lives.


Sniff... why did I give up my superb talent with felt pens and crayons and become a doctor !?! 

26 comments:

  1. OMG!!!!! My guesses were not even close!

    It should either be a cricket bat or a painting brush, i swear!!!!

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    1. hehe.. More than a cricket bat, its the paint brush if you ask me.. and hey, You still have to put your original answers at the other post.. no cheating now . :p

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  2. Okay so bubye SAP ABAP Programming.

    Paint and brush, here I come !
    *Cant believe Ive been earning peanuts out of writing such dull and illogical software codes.*

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    1. dont forget to get me a brochure to any art class you're joining..yenniku avanum Crorepati :)

      And like Shalini, you too are guilty.. put in your original guessed answers in the other post :D

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    2. Actually art, especially paintings and their prices are like greek and latin to me.Like Mammutty in 'Pranchiyettan and the Saint' who visits a painting exhibition. Or even worse.So I never made any guesses. ;-)

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    3. When you enroll for a dance class, you are expected to know how to stand on both feet.Because some people like me have two left feet and is not eligible. Similarly for art class, there ought to be expectations of a higher level which I may not possess. :D So doc you find better company to join art class:D

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    4. I used to think I was pretty good at art... but like most other extra-curricular activities, that too took a backseat as I grew up..sad indeed.

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    5. Oh then 24 hours may not be enough for you. A profession like yours, two blogs and other writing sprees, and then art ! Please share these talents with lesser mortals like me !

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    6. fine.. fine.. since you insist.. I'll toss you a few crores here and there.. Like Srinivasan says in Udayan aanu thaaran, "Do you know the cost of Italian marble... I'm somehow managing with 2-3 lakhs a month." :)

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  3. OMG! These paintings are surely an example but not to forget, the number of reality shows that are coming these days, all parents would want their kids to be dancers and singers!

    I guess I drifted away fron the original topic but I would have never guessed them right! (Right, my foot! I wouldn't be even close!)

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    1. Alright, I'm gonna come with a gun and shoot the next one amongst you guys and gals who types in here without typing your guesses in the previous post :D

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    2. That is why I am so very scared of Doctors! :D

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    3. aww shucks ... and I thought it would be about the stuff I could do once I put my patients under anaesthesia :)

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  4. I guess some of these paintings went so high also because of who painted it! Identity matters! All it takes is one big hit and whatever you do following that is almost always going to make a decent score.... eg. Chethan Bhagat! ;)
    Btw my guesses are almost all the same numbers minus the crores!

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    1. Chetan Bhagat is frankly a really good example of this... definitely a good writer, but no where near the brilliance his fan clubs depict.. frankly, the same can be said of quite a few of these... you could buy a small island with that cash !!!

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  5. When you asked us to guess i was sure there was something to it. I purposefully kept my guesses high. But when I checked it here, I was nowhere close in most cases. I'm joining some arts class soon.

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    1. I doubt if anyone would have guessed the figures... and yes, sign me up too...

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  6. I'd figured the first and the last paintings would cost more- read some lakhs. The first one has a reflection a translucent quality to it... But OMG! I was nowhere close!
    ps: Lovely blog :)

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    1. Really ? I was wondering what was so great about the first painting... seemed so ordinary. I liked the second picture, the one by Picasso. Of course, never would have imagined the price, even if I tried !!
      And thanks... do come by more often.

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  7. Oh my goodness!!!!!!! I am off to painting classes!!!!!!!

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    1. Wait in line.. I and the others were there before you.. we have to become crorepatis first by drawing cows and trees !! After that only, your turn.

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  8. I agree with you. I've never been able to understand why the art of the so-called 'artists' are so popular, because frankly, it looks ridiculous. For me, art has to be pleasing to the eye. Give me a simple oil-painting of a sunset any day over this.

    And I never was good at art. I need a scale to even draw a house properly. So, sadly, picking up the painbrush isn't an option for me. :/ Sniff, indeed.

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    1. ya, same here... I would prefer something that actually looks good over a 'name tag' any day.. and sorry, since you ain't good with the brush, the rest of us ( above you in the comments section) will have to exclude you from our gang once we become billionaires.. ho hum. Where's my caviar ? Butler... oh Mr Butler ?

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  9. Hm.. knowing my art skills.. I really don't stand a chance.. :'( :'(

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    1. Have you seen our Superstar Shalini's masterpieces in the Draw Something game ? If you can do better than that, we can still sell it for a few crores.. otherwise, we'll sell it as abstract art for some 20 lakhs pocket money atleast !!

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  10. Seriously like Anita said Art & I are 2 left feet trying to salsa but having said tht I guessed the 1st one was a money err I mean Monet & recognised Scream & oh yes the Pablo Picasso. I'm not showing off I seriously did;-D.
    Err sometime in April when I was desperately trying to think wht to post I had this idea of educating other specimens like me abt the world's most expensive paintings. The idea is still lying in the drafts;-/.
    I didnt read this anywhere but I knew tht Good Shepherd picture was going to be one of the lowest. I just knew:-)

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